Chief Justice nominees down to 22

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2012 05:34 PM | Updated as of Jul 08 2012 12:37 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Six Supreme Court justices, 4 former and current law deans, and a former executive secretary are among 22 people set to be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for the position of Chief Justice.

The 22 are:

1. SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio
2. SC Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro
3. SC Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, Jr.
4. SC Associate Justice Arturo Brion
5. SC Associate Justice Roberto Abad

6. SC Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
7. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima
8. Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza
9. Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento 
10. PCGG Chairman Andres Bautista

11. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Teresita Herbosa
12. DLSU Law Dean Jose Manuel Diokno
13. Former ADMU Law Dean Cesar Villanueva
14. Former UP Law Dean Raul Pangalangan
15. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez

16. Former Executive Secretary Ronaldo Zamora
17. UE Law Dean Amado Valdez
18. Atty. Katrina Legarda
19. Rafael Morales
20. Vicente Velasquez

21. Manuel Siayngco
22. Soledad Cagampang-De Castro

Two names on the list – Secretary de Lima and Commissioner Rene Sarmiento – have pending administrative cases and will be disqualified by the JBC if these cases are not dismissed by July 30, the day the JBC votes on the shortlist.

Four people were disqualified from the list. They are:

  • former Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Amelia Tria-Infante, who was fined P11,000 in an administrative case;
  • Ferdinand Jose David Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. Pijao, who is past the mandatory retirement age of 70 years for the Judiciary;
  • former Malabon RTC Judge Florentino Floro, who was dismissed as a judge in an administrative case; and,
  • Jocelyn Esquivel, who is a nurse and not a lawyer.

On Monday, the names of the 22 candidates will be published in dailies. The public will have 10 days to file their opposition against any of the candidates.

JBC member Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. said the candidates will undergo a psychiatric exam next week. They will then undergo public interviews by the JBC starting July 24.

The JBC will vote on the shortlist of candidates for the President’s consideration on July 30.